Are general dentists allowed to do braces in Singapore?

The Ministry of Health remains impartial about general dentists who practice orthodontic treatment. However, Dental Protection (which is similar to an insurance company for dentists) have recently increased protection premiums for dentists without specialist qualification but wishes to practice orthodontic treatment. Here are a few differences between General Dentists and Orthodontists: General dentists have completed a basic dental degree (4years); Orthodontists have completed a basic dental degree (4years) AND a specialist degree (3 years).

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How can I pursue medical aesthetics in Singapore/UK?

Hi UK med student – it’s a similar general process in both UK and Singapore. There’s no “dedicated training pathway” in both countries, because it’s not a recognised specialty. The most common way to go about gaining experience with aesthetic medicine in Singapore is: Pick up all your COCs (or certificate of competence) courses, which licenses and trains you to do various things such as Botox, lasers etc. This can be a 1-2 day workshop. Hone your initial skills at volume churning places.

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How long do testosterone injections last for, and are there any side effects?

Better for me to set the background right first. In Singapore, recreational use of testosterone (steroid) is frowned upon by the Ministry of Health. Although in the real world, there are people who utilise it in the realms of bodybuilding for the purpose of bulking up. Testosterone can also be used for replacement purposes, if you are deficient in the hormone (see my article on Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome or ‘TDS’). Such benefits include: Improved mood Better bone density Reduction in diabetes risk Improved muscle bulk Less abdominal fat accumulation.

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Aesthetic

What is the best way to find specific prescription medicines in Singapore?

Welcome to Singapore! The best course of action for you would be to: 1. Check if your particular brand/type of medication is licensed for sale in Singapore. – You can search the database of registered medicines in Singapore on the official government site here. Example of search result below: – Alternatively, this other database search which is run independently by a Singaporean pharmacist is more straightforward to use. 2.

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What difficulties may overseas Singaporean medical students face when returning back to Singapore for work?

That’s a good question to consider. 1. Acclimatisation (work hours, culture, hospital IT system) Local grads are immersed in Singapore hospitals since year 3, and so are much more “acclimatised” to the Singapore system as compared to overseas grads. It may take overseas grads a while to adapt to various aspects of the Singapore system. Examples include: the IT system, medication prescription, patient discharge notes, ward round style, early starts and weekends, call system etc.

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How much do pharmacists earn in Singapore?

How much do pharmacists earn as a fresh grad? This information is from my pharmacist colleagues. The starting salary of pharmacists in Singapore is $2400 (about $1900 take home after CPF) during the pre-registration period, until you get your license. It takes about 6 – 9 months to get your license. After which, your pay is based on your academic grades; this varies between hospitals. Eg. NUS 1st Class Honours: $3600, 2nd Upper $3500 etc. Further progress is dependant on experience and performance, assessed via an appraisal system.

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Why are mesolipo injections not allowed in Singapore?

Actually PPC and DC (the medicine inside mesolipo injections) are well studied in medical literature. However, the dosage and protocols are not fixed. Also, I heard from one of my mentors that many medical companies started producing substandard quality mesolipo drugs which may not have the needed concentration for effective results. So MOH decided to do a blanket ban on it just to protect the patients from possibly ineffective brands. Nobody really knows the real reason, the truth is still out there!

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When are health checkups required for medical students?

I’m sure you had your Hepatitis B titres done (and received your Hep B boosters, if necessary) before matriculating. Besides these, you won’t need any other further investigations throughout med school. Before starting medical school, they also check for Hep C, HIV, and your immunisation status to mmr, varicella and pertussis. Usually only Hep B is the problem because 50% of ppl don’t have enough antibodies, and some ppl need to get jabs for like 2 or 3 years.

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Are there doctors who choose not to become consultants in Singapore?

In a nutshell, you have to undergo specialist training in order to become a consultant. Ie all consultants are specialists. This applies to both doctors and dentists. As of 2016, about 40% of doctors (5047) are specialists in Singapore. I suspect that the number of specialists will fall, as our population ages and we need more doctors within primary care (ie GPs). In fact, there are also a group of GPs who undergo additional and specialised training under the Family Medicine Programme to provide even better care within the primary sector. Are there doctors who choose not to become consultants?

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Can I use Medisave for LASIK in Singapore?

Lasik surgery is not eligible for Medisave, UNLESS: There’s a difference of more than 3 diopters (or 300 degrees) of refractive errors between your eyes AND you are intolerant to contact lens and spectables. If you satisfy both criteria, you’ll be able to use Medisave to pay up to $1200 of your bill. MOH’s rationale for this is that Medisave is intended only for medical uses, and Lasik is not technically a medical necessity (as one can use contacts/glasses to compensate for myopia).

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Is there any difference in doctors with FAMS qualification when it comes to treating severe acne?

As a person who went through acne myself in younger days, I had actually gone to NSC myself as a patient. I was started on doxycycline, and kept on it for ages as I continued to outbreak and scar. Albeit the dermatologist was an immensely qualified one, but one whom I felt didn’t take the next step for Isotretinoin, which would have benefited me. Fast forward – I gave up and ended up going to a GP and asking for Isotretinoin, and he kindly explained what it was useful for. Acne gone!

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Dr Winston Lee

Aesthetic

Could you advise on doctor rank and payscale in Singapore?

Thanks for your question. As a doctor in a public hospital, a Medical Officer’s take home pay is approximately $4000 – $5000, and this will last for as long as you decide not to specialise. I know of friends who’ve been doctors for 8+ years earning this same amount.

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Can I apply to medicine in Singapore if I chose Physics over Biology?

You only need to take either Physics OR Biology, and Chemistry to apply to Medicine at NUS. Refer to criteria here. Will universities still accept me even if i have no prior experience with biology? Yes. I have been planning on taking up on work shadowing in local hospitals to see if i am really made for the medical field and if i am really interested. This is definitely a good idea, and I’d strongly recommend it so that you know what you are signing yourself up for. Hospital attachments need to be arranged EARLY.

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What are some of the possible paths to becoming a dentist in Singapore?

Firstly you do not necessarily have to study something relevant to Dentistry in Polytechnic to qualify for dental school in Singapore. I have a colleague who took Animal Science back in Polytechnic. However I would think it is preferably if your course was Science related. That said, as long as your GPA is good, and you have a strong CV and testimonial, you would also stand an equal chance in your dental school admissions.

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